Actors Onoe Kikugorô IV as Ashikaga Yorikane (R) and Bandô Hikosaburô V as Kinugawa Tanizô (L)
Vertical ôban diptych; 35.8 x 50 cm (14 1/8 x 19 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Play: Date Kurabe Okuni Kabuki
The right sheet of the diptych was recycled, without any alterations, from an 1855 production of Konoshita Kage Masago no Date-zome, in which the same actor had played the same role.
For a similar case of recycling by the same publisher, see 11.21569-70 and11.44296a-c.
Toyokuni ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet)
Censor's seals: aratame, Hare 9 (on right sheet); aratame, Snake 10 (on left sheet)
No blockcutter's mark
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection